Issues in the News
An arbitrator is expected to rule today  on a lawsuit brought by major tobacco companies against states participating in the multi-state master settlement agreement (MSA), to reduce their payments to states if their market share falls more than 2 percent.
CEI Expert Available to Comment: Director of Communications Christine Hall-Reis  on the constitutionality of the master settlement agreement .
Crude oil prices rose by 15 cents to above $64 a barrel on Monday  amid concerns over the political situations in Iran and Nigeria and the upcoming hurricane season.
CEI Expert Available to Comment: Director of Energy and Global Warming Policy Myron Ebell  on why talk of America being “addicted to oil” is misguided .
A privately built rocket crashed and burned as it attempted to take off  seconds into its maiden launch. Yet this should only be a temporary setback to private space flight—if government regulators don’t get in the way.
CEI Expert Available to Comment: General Counsel Sam Kazman  and Objectivist Center Executive Director Edward Hudgins on how deregulation has helped private space flight—and could do the same for other industries .
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